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Old 05-03-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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This might be worth a try as it works for some of us with RLS and/or leg cramps at night. Get some magnesium and take before bed. Google dosage and decide how much to take.

Most of us are short of magnesium and its lack causes leg cramps--especially at night.

Best to take it along with calcium. Works for me.

Also, how much water do you drink? (not soda, tea, coffee, beer, wine) but plain water. Dehydration can cause some weird muscle effects.

Me, I'd try the magnesium and increased water fix and see if that might not cure your RLS and leg cramps.

This is an interesting discussion of RLS: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/173193.php

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Old 05-03-2012, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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My Dad had given me an article about the importance of magnesium in diet several years ago, and I just re-read it. It's really amazing all of the benefits having the right level of magnesium in your diet can give you: everything from helping with migraines to irregular heart beats to muscle spasms to diabetes and PMS.

The article says that the recommended daily allowance of magnesium for adult men is 400 mg. Because magnesium can have a laxative effect, they recommend starting with a smaller dose and working your way up. They did state that is important to get the right balance between calcium and magnesium in your diet; your goal is to have 1 unit of magnesium for every 2 units of calcium that you consume.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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It feels like there is a mouse or perhaps a snake in the mattress beneath my legs (I told you it sounds strange!). ... Since then, I seem to get the feelings almost every night. It can feel like a pulsing or sometimes a bit like a tugging. It only happens in my legs and ankles, and only when I'm lying in bed, never when I'm up walking around or even when I'm seated.

... So for anyone here who has RLS, did it ever feel like what I described above?[/quote]


Hello there,

I had this sensation almost every night for about 6 months. I hate it. It feels like ghosts or demons pressing on my mattress and pulling on my skin and clothes. It happens when I'm awake too. Has there been any change in your situation? Is there any chance it's just the result of anxiety, or am I really feeling some kind of metaphysical phenomenon?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: galaxy far far away
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Best help for RLS is magnesium. My BF was struggling with it and had tried all sorts of things, including doctors meds, massage, and getting soused before bed. Turns out alcohol and high sugar intake just make it worse, especially right before bed. I got him some Magnesium from Jigsaw Health (because it's slow release and pretty high quality) and his RLS went away after three days of taking it. Might work for you. Everybody's different. But they have some good info on their site about it.

(Disclosure - not related in any way to jigsaw, just a happy customer)

... sorry. didn't read LittleDolphin's post before I typed mine. There you have it - two testimonials. Get thee some magnesium!
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Lin787 and Manyroads... Could you give me an update please? (Or You can email me at ilyfe444@hotmail.com).

I have had these same symptoms for months now and am very confused. I don't think something like a demon would behave in such a subtle way, but I don't know. I would love to think that it's something physical but I'm baffled. Any help or information would be excellent.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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Crummy sleeper - To be honest, it's been a while since I made my original post about the sensations in my legs when I'm in bed, and I don't remember if I tried using magnesium last year or not. I can tell you that for whatever reason, this does not seem to be a problem for me during the warmer weather months; it only affects me when the weather turns colder and I'm tucked underneath my comforter.

I don't believe in ghosts or demons. I highly doubt that there's any sort of supernatural force playing games with you when you go to bed. It could be anxiety related - and it's always a good idea to try to get some regular exercise a few times a week anyway - they say that regular exercise helps you sleep better. But it could be related to your diet too, so I would try taking the advice of R_Cowgirl above and get yourself some magnesium and see if that helps you.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:14 PM
 
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Default Rls

RLS, restless leg syndrome, does anyone have this problem ? My husband is 66 years old and this started about a week ago out of the blue. He is about to go crazy, that is all he can think about. Can anyone offer any helpful advice. He is not diabetic.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:24 PM
 
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RLS, restless leg syndrome, does anyone have this problem ? My husband is 66 years old and this started about a week ago out of the blue. He is about to go crazy, that is all he can think about. Can anyone offer any helpful advice. He is not diabetic.
Yes. My husband too. The doctor put him on Mirapex and he was on it for a few years but he thought it was making him sick and it wasn't working very well after a while. He had tried a couple of other prescriptions before but they had no effect at all. I told him he should go to the doctor and see if there was something else he could try.

We had tried magnesium for leg cramps without success and he was taking zinc piccolinate too.
Recently we upped the magnesium (ascorbate) and the zinc and now he is taking those two supplements and no more prescription! That's what he says anyway.

He says he's sleeping great and his legs are not bothering him. Before it was horrible--he couldn't even watch tv at night without suddenly jumping up and hollering about his legs. In bed he would be in agony. But now he says he's taking the magnesium and the zinc morning and night. I don't know, everyone is different, but the older you get the more zinc you usually need and most people are lacking in magnesium so it does make sense.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:28 PM
 
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I take Mirapex generic for this. No problems so far but I have to remember to take it 2 hrs before going to bed.
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:06 AM
 
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Thank you so much....I'll try that.
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